Caterpillars of the Commonwealth (EP)

by Will Connolly

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A hybrid-meditation on Cold War paranoia, artistic authenticity, and survival skills of the digital age.

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released February 28, 2015

All songs written and arranged by Will Connolly. Additional arrangements by Daniel Garcia. Produced and mixed by Daniel Garcia and Will Connolly at The Club Casa.

SPECIAL THANKS: Mom, Dad, Jimmy & Kristen for their unconditional love; Daniel, Cade, Chris, Andrew, Nolan, Jay, Aaron, Elizabeth & The Club Casa for their generous hospitality and all-around merriment; Damon & Mitnick for their relentless encouragement; Zach, Austin, Whitty & Duva; BKLYN1834; And WS, ED, DT, EM, HH for always inspiring hope, even in the darkest of times.

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Will Connolly New York, New York

Actor / Writer / Musician living in Brooklyn, originally from Montclair, NJ.

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Track Name: intro
“This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world…
This land of such dear souls, this dear dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world…”

- William Shakespeare, “Richard II” (Act II, Scene 1) performed by John Gielgud
Track Name: odd2even (a newer sleep)
the theatre is built
with zeroes and ones
players on a virtual
scaenae-fronz
the theatre is built
along a silk road
every ticket
encrypted binary code

i watched it all
hit rock bottom
when the odds were even
now i watch the clock
tick tock
from odd to even
odd to even

the theatre is built
atop an ocean
next to a semi-submersible
the theatre is built
with innovation
mortal coils motored by oil
so dull

i watched it all
hit rock bottom
when the odds were even
now i watch the clock
tick tock
from odd to even
odd to even

mama papa and baby
wagon the globe
with the pageant show
a new verizon
with every new city
a newer sleep
beside a newer phone
caterpillars are spinning
digital silk for everyone
a new verizon
with every new city
a newer sleep
under a newer sun
Track Name: caterpillars (of the commonwealth)
lips are twitching so you crack a smile
you’ve been conditioned to listen and wait
move an inch and i will trek a mile
i'm a fisherman and you're the bait

you know you'll always be my valentine
now swear to god that you will never tell
they're streaming every indiscretion live
for caterpillars of the commonwealth

gotta go
you can stay
make yourself at home
gotta go
this campaign
don't run itself you know

you've got potential little parasite
i tie your hands so i can wish you well
cuz i'm a gentleman and you are like
a caterpillar of the commonwealth

gotta go
i said no
you need to know your role
gotta go
i said no
it's all under control

oh that was so long ago
i don't even know
baby please
she's nothing
nothing to me

i said more photographs may come to light
i said i'm sorry and i'm seeking help
i said you'd never see me crawling like
a caterpillar of the commonwealth

but i hope
this don't change
the way you want to vote
but i hope
this don't change
the way you want to vote

for caterpillars of the commonwealth
for caterpillars of the commonwealth
Track Name: bohemian groove: part 1 (invitation)
an old envelope
rests on my floor
i know what it's for...

the future's a void
broke, unemployed
these pills don't relax me
and all my friends
have surpassed me

balance on a nickel's width
showbiz is a fickle bitch

this is senseless
struggling is senseless

never a peep
when i busked on the street
now the critics critique
and all the raves
start to reek

auto-tunes at breakneck speed
satisfaction guaranteed

this is senseless
success is so senseless
it's relentless
with every entrance
an expectation to "connect"
no i can't live like this

cuz it's senseless

a gold envelope
slips under my door
don't know what it's for
Track Name: bohemian groove: part 2 (cremation)
celebrate bro
you're at the club
under the midsummer sun
move and shake bro
you're assembled with
the most essential members
it's fate
you've waited
for so long
i know

have a beer bro
and have a fifth
the coast is clear
the view is sick
your fear bro
is so endearing
caterpillars come not here
we're safe
we're gated
closeted
alone

just a redwood fortress
and an owl towering over us

raise it up
to the skies
shake the walls
the roof will rise
crank it up
cremate anxiety
you've been given the key

take a hit bro
pass it to the left
we wake and bake
when we tech and
sitzprobe
it's like tradition
after we go skinny dipping
in the russian river
till we're called

tonight we'll dance
like no one's watching
no one can stop us
we're the cops
the chancellors
governors
prime ministers
they're loving us
you can't imagine
all the strings we pull

at this redwood fortress
with the owl towering over us

raise it up
to the skies
shake the walls
the roof will rise
crank it up
cremate anxiety
you've been given the key
Track Name: backstage (don't ask)
i believe you knew
what you were doing

actors backstage
talking trash
bracing for the fall

pacing
retracing
the look on your face
says it all

says
how the hell can you tell?
this will set me back years
and i know it

i believe you knew
what you were doing

a new dawn
new day
new rifle to fight
a new war

cameras flash
markets crash
i don’t ask
anymore

cuz
how the hell can you tell
when it’s lasted years?
i don't know if

i believe you knew
what you were doing
Track Name: clouds (digital silk)
dropped in a memory
a crash without sound
the hardware is invisible
yet felt all around

i'm as high as the clouds
my whole life in the clouds
i'm as high as the clouds
and i'm never coming down

one time i thought that peace
was a wide open door
i swam in an endless sea
till i saw phantom shores

now i'm high as the clouds
my whole life in the clouds
i'm as high as the clouds
and i can't ever come down

i live half awake
i fall half asleep
i feel half the pain
and half the relief
i have to "share"
pretend to care
i lose half my will
half my curiosity
half my reputation
half my privacy
i'm everywhere
and nowhere

i'm as high as the clouds
my whole life in the clouds
i'm as high as the clouds
and i’m never coming down

i'm never coming down
i'm never coming down
i'm never coming down
i'm never coming down
i'm never coming down
i'm never coming down